Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday, January 10th, 2011

  • We ready for about seventy-five minutes today.
  • I had book chats for most of the block.

  • Revise Poem #1
  • Portfolio Work
Peer Conferencing
  • We took a few minutes to get organized, and then I put up the directions for preparing for the Peer Conference over Revised Poem #1.  (I'm copying and pasting those directions below, for the six of you who were absent.)
  • We paired up with someone new for a peer conference, and we thoughtfully completed that.
Please see the Big Screen directions (copied below) for what we did the rest of the block.

Peer Conferencing
1. Label your second draft “SECOND DRAFT” in big letters across the top.
2. Lay your second draft on top of your first, so I can easily see it when I come around to check.  
3. Pick four questions from Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry to write down on your Peer Conference Sheet for Revision.  
4. Look at Nick and Becca’s peer conference TO REMIND YOURSELF what an excellent peer conference looks like.  Keep up the good work you started last week!
5. Know what a strong peer conference is
a. at least TEN constructive comments on the person’s draft, 
b. AND you answer all four questions on the Peer Conference Sheet
6. The quality of work you do on this is worth 20% of your entire revision grade—so it’s huge.
7. Editing:  punctuation; spelling/typos; grammar; MLA format; paragraphing;
8. Staple your Revised Prose #1 like this:
a. Second Draft (on top)
b. Peer Conference Sheet (in middle)
c. First draft (on bottom)
9. Make an even trade with someone NEW, someone you didn’t conference with on Revision #1 or Revision #1. 
10. Once you get your poem back from your partner and read over all the comments, pop it in the RED folder on the BACK CIRCLE TABLE.  I will check over it, then get it back to you later in the block.

After You’ve Turned In Your Completed Peer Conference
Writing Workshop—Edit for your Portfolio!
1) Get your PERFECT MOMENT back from the folder on the circle table.  Make ALL the editing changes I marked in read.
2) Save the changes!
3) Take off the MLA format, and make whatever changes you want to to font and spacing—now it’s ready for your Portfolio!
4) Repeat steps #1-3 for the EARLY MEMORY.

Once you finish your edits….
Writing Workshop--Revise Poem #2
1. Read over the last page of the green poetry packet—Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry
2. Put a star by five questions you’d like to answer when you create your second draft of Poem #2.
3. Get out the piece you’re revising for Poem Revision #2. 
4. Open up your iBook file, and hit “TRACK CHANGES”.
5. REVISE to a second draft, making a MINIMUM of ten changes.  USE THE FIVE QUESTIONS you asked yourself from #1—Advice for Revising …Poetry.
6. Save and print!  Keep your two drafts safe until tomorrow.  (We’ll peer conference tomorrow.)
7. IF you finish #6, take a few minutes to EDIT the six pieces you want to put in your portfolio (the ones that aren’t getting revised).   

Leave the MLA format ON all your revisions.  That’s part of the editing grade.
Later in the week, when you are printing things for your PORTFOLIO, REMOVE the MLA format for the heading.  And change the spacing and font to be whatever you want them to be.



  • We passed back all papers.
Graduation Essay
  • We had a second peer conference over the almost-final draft of the essay/speech.
Book Club
  • We had our final meetings in book clubs.
Fishbowl Final Preparation

    I handed out the packet and went over it.  And I showed how the procedure would work physically (inner circle; outer circle).

  • Finalize your vocabulary packet/notes.
  • Study for your vocbulary final.

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